2019 FREE Summer Meals

Area school districts offer free summer meals to youth 18 and under. Adults are welcome to enjoy breakfast and lunch for a small fee. Coeur d’Alene SD Nutrition Services 667 – 7469 Post Falls SD Child Nutrition Office 773 – 1625 Lakeland SD Food Service Office 687 – 5451 Coeur…

Step Away from the Smartphone

Children’s screen times are going up despite mounting evidence that computer technology is having a negative impact on their physical and mental health. Screen time includes watching TV, movies, computers, video games, phones, and tablets and overuse is linked to unhealthy dietary patterns, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and poor sleep quality…

Break Patterns with Intuitive Eating

Restrict. Binge. Repeat.  According to the Boston Medical Center, 45 million Americans follow this pattern as they cling to a new diet each year. Whether they’re too obsessed with French fries, or too fixated on calories, most Americans don’t interact in a healthy way with food. In 1995 two registered…

Sleeping Tips for Baby & You

At Open Arms we see many moms who have this number one commonality: “My baby is awake for hours at night and I need my sleep!” With babies’ different temperaments, parents’ routines, technology and trying to keep up with social media, along with trying to be the best parent, these…

Shedding Light on Learning Disabilities

Do you know what learning disabilities are? Are you sure? Surveys show that 70% of parents and educators think learning disabilities are linked to autism and intellectual disabilities. In fact, students with learning disabilities are of average or above average intelligence. Many people associate learning disabilities with blindness and deafness.…

Invent Idaho 2019!

Twenty-five young inventors from Idaho will take the National Invention Convention by storm May 28 in at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan!  12 of those young inventors are from North Idaho.  The National Invention Convention will host 550 young inventors from across the United States and 9 foreign countries…

February is Pet Dental Health Month!

Scary stat: 80% of dogs have some form of periodontal disease by the age of three! Did you know periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition even though it’s completely preventable? Taking care of your dog’s teeth is a huge part in ensuring overall good health. Dental disease can…

The Truth about Bullying

When we distributed the Fall issue of the North Idaho Family Magazine, we asked parents, school administrators, and teachers about topics they’d like to see covered in future issues of the North Idaho Family Magazine. From pre-school teachers through middle school age, the overwhelming response was bullying. Administrators in elementary…

Diaper Bank Helps Local Families

A new service has recently become available to local parents that helps reduce the cost burden of diapers. Organized by Mountain States Early Head Start, the diaper bank is the first of its kind in North Idaho, and was created in collaboration with the Idaho Diaper Bank, United Way of…

Snackles! Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup rolled oats 1 cup oat flour 1/3 cup raisins 1/4 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut or hemp seeds 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tsp lemon or orange zest (optional, but adds a beautiful essence) 1/4 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (see note…

The Not-So-Sweet Truth about Sugar

Did you know that there are about 56 different names for sugar? Some at least HAVE “Sugar” in the name. Here are a few trickier ones: Dextrose Fructose Galactose Glucose Lactose Maltose Sucrose Agave Nectar Barley Malt Dextrin Sucanat Maltodextrin Brown Rice Syrup Evaporated Cane Juice High Fructose Corn Syrup…